Gardening in Scotland: Principles and Practice

This 2-day Course, which is being held at the National Trust for Scotland’s magnificent Pitmedden Garden, will combine classroom-based learning with practical “hands-on” training to provide those attending with an understanding of the skills and techniques necessary in order to establish and maintain a garden in Scotland.

The subjects to be addressed range from planning and designing a garden, through to the selection of plants, soil preparation and the development of a maintenance programme, as well as the effects on our gardens and the wider landscape resulting from the, now apparent, norm of unpredictable weather. The Course will be of immense value, not only to private individuals, maintaining or creating their own gardens, but also to those professionally involved in gardening and associated landscape projects.

The Course is being led by Mark Paterson, a leading authority on horticulture and gardening, who for six years managed the education programme at the world famous Eden Project in Cornwall and has worked at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, as well as a number of other major gardens in the UK and beyond. Mark is, at present, Curator of the Cruickshank Botanic Garden at the University of Aberdeen. In addition to our Training Team, Mark will be assisted throughout the Course by highly experienced and knowledgeable members of the gardening staff at Pitmedden.

Sandwich lunches, as well as tea/coffee will be provided on both days. Those attending will be required to wear stout footwear and outdoor clothing.

The Course fee is £150 per Delegate. The Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre is a Registered Charity, and no VAT will be charged.

For further information, or to book a place on the Course, e-mail: or phone 01888 511347.